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If you wish to see per­fec­tion as a run­ning back, you had best get a hold of a film of Gale Say­ers. He was po­etry in mo­tion. His like will never be seen again.”

Bears founder Ge­orge Halas in 1977 about Hall of Fame RB Gale Say­ers, who has died at age 77, the Pro Football Hall of Fame an­nounced Wed­nes­day. Say­ers’ fam­ily an­nounced in 2017 he had been bat­tling de­men­tia since 2013. Nick­named the “Kansas Comet,” Say­ers was the Hall’s youngest in­ductee at 34. Say­ers’ legacy was ce­mented in seven sea­sons (1965-71). His ca­reer ended af­ter 68 games due to knee in­juries. He nonethe­less be­came one of the sport’s most ex­plo­sive run­ning back, earn­ing rookie of the year in 1965 and four Pro Bowl se­lec­tions in his first five sea­sons. He was taken by Chicago with the fourth pick over­all in 1965.

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GETTY IMAGES Gale Say­ers

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